The Sedalia Symphony Society Board is proud to announce the new conductor, Luke Lyons of Springfield, Missouri, for the 84th symphony season. Lyons was selected after the search committee had intensive interviews with outstanding local and out-of-area candidates. In the history of the symphony, he will be the fourth person to hold this position. Mr. Abe Rosenthal helped to organize the symphony with the ladies of the Helen G. Steele Music Club in 1935 and went on to be the conductor for 45 years. Only Arthur Fiedler of the Boston Pops has been a continual conductor of the same organization for a longer time period. Mr. Harold J. Johnston followed as the second conductor and Ms. Gwendolyn Kappelman was the third.
Mr. Lyons has completed his masters in orchestral conducting from Missouri State University under the tutelage of Dr. Christopher Kelts. He is the founder and co-conductor of the MSU Repertory Ensemble and has been guest conductor for the Kansas City Civic Orchestra. Luke brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to the position and is ready to join the symphony in bringing more outstanding music to the community.
The first concert of the 2018-19 season will be October 15, 7:30 p.m., at the Heckart Performing Arts Center in Sedalia, Missouri with Cornet Chop Suey as guest artist. The Messiah is a musical gift to the community December 2, 3 p.m. at Broadway Presbyterian Church. The Christmas Pops Concert, at the First United Methodist Church Celebration Center, is December 3, 7:30 p.m. The February 25, 2019 concert will have the MU Singers as the guest artist, and over 100 youth string players joining with the symphony. The final concert of the season will be April 15, 2019, with the Harold J. Johnston Scholarship recipients as guest performers.